Poultry Hub Australia is offering a training program to prepare you to go straight into a job on a poultry farm or processing plant. The sessions will be based at the University of New England, both at the Tamworth and Armidale Campus, coupled with work experience on a poultry farm or at the processing plant.

Training is scheduled: 9am – 3pm for 3 days a week.

Lego chickens – part of the ice breaker activities in our hands on poultry job ready training.

Modules covered and examples of what is involved:

Module 1: Introduction to poultry

This is your opportunity to ask us absolutely anything about the poultry industry, and for us to introduce you to the wonderful world of chooks. You will learn some interesting facts and statistics about poultry production and consumption.

Module 2: Work Skills

Do you know what employers are looking for? We will have a look at the transferrable soft skills that make you an asset to any workplace.

Module 3: Working in the Poultry Industry

In this session, you will learn about the variety and types of job in the poultry industry and have a closer look at what the jobs involve

Module 4: Biosecurity

Biosecurity is integral to protect the birds against pests and disease. Whilst learning best biosecurity practices you will have the opportunity to build a Lego chicken farm and get dressed up in all the biosecurity gear!

Module 5: Health and safety

We care about you as much as we care about our chooks, so in this session, we will be discussing how to keep you safe and healthy whilst working on farm. We also have an online game teaching how egg quality is determined on farms, ensuring we deliver secure food to Australia.

Module 6: Health checking birds

In this session we will get up close and personal with our feathered friends, by conducting thorough health checks and learning the warning signs for diseases and health conditions. You also learn about what we feed chickens, why and how chook food is produced.

Module 7: Feeding Poultry

You will learn about the formulation of feed, how a feed mill operates and some of the jobs in the feed production side of poultry production.

Module 8: Egg Industry

In this session, you will have an in depth look at the egg industry and the different production systems. You will learn about egg grading and egg quality.

Module 9: Meat Industry

You will learn about the production of Broilers and look at farming practices and differences in production. We will also take you on a virtual tour of a processing plant and learn about the jobs involved. You also have a chance to learn the different cuts of chicken meat and check for quality.

Module 10: Virtual Reality Chicken

You will get to use the Virtual Reality headsets to learn and test your knowledge of the chickens anatomy.

Module 11: Interview

This is an opportunity for you to tell us what type of job you would like to pursue and whether you would like to go into the egg, broiler, feed or processing industry.

Work experience on farm

By now you will be desperate to get onto a chook farm…which is exactly what you’ll be doing! You will spend some time on a poultry farm or at the processing plant, getting a feel for the working environment. You will learn about site induction and individual farm security measures.

All these modules will be completely hands-on and there will be no written assessment or writing tasks.

Applicants will receive a formal certificate on completion of the program.

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